In February 2014, the UN Human Rights Commission released 400+ pages of material documenting what it called “unspeakable atrocities” in the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea.
In a press release announcing the report, the UN Human Rights Commission said,
“The gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world,” the Commission — established by the Human Rights Council in March 2013 — says in a report that is unprecedented in scope.
“These crimes against humanity entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation,” the report says, adding that “Crimes against humanity are ongoing in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea because the policies, institutions and patterns of impunity that lie at their heart remain in place.”
- Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (PDF) – a 37-page report summarizing the main findings and recommendations of the UN Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into North Korea
- Report of the Detailed Findings of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (PDF)- a 372-page report documenting horrific human rights abuses in the DPRK
- Satellite Images of Currently Existing Political Prison Camps (Kwanliso) in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (PDF)